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passenger. everything was falling apart. one after another, three huge waved struck the "louis majesty" in quick succession. scientists believe so-called rogue waves are formed when smaller waves form together or by a combination of wind, tide and currents. these giant waves are rare. but devastating. four passengers were injured when a 70-foot wave hit this cruise ship off the coast of georgia in 2005. a few months earlier, in the pacifi pacific, 55-foot waves. the mediterranean sea was only a little rough and "louis majesty's" captain had changed course to avoid the worst of it. those giant waves just came out of nowhere. house lawmakers approved the first of several job creation bills promised by democrats.
it's a $15 billion measure that includes a tax break for companies that hire unemployed workers. critics from both parties say the bill won't do much in the way of creating new jobs. now here is a look at your friday forecast. gusty winds in the northeast. some light morning rain and snow from boston to new york with milder air moving in over the weekend. snow in the central and northern rockies. rain to the east in kansas, nebraska, and south dakota. showers in parts of texas and northern california. >> mostly 50s along the pacific coast. 54 in boise. 48 in salt lake city. 40 in chicago today. 37 in detroit. and 40s in the northeast. 54 in atlanta. we know a pony right is enough to satisfy most kids. pint-sized thrill seekers in texas were looking for a little more excitement. >> you texas thrill seekers, you always have to have something more. like these tiny cowboys and cow girls finding themselves at the center of a special rodeo. this is mutton busting. you ride sheep and hang on for
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welcome back to "world news now." you may call them extreme pack rats. but psychologists call them hoarders because they're paralyzed by the thought of throwing stuff away. >> they often live in dangerous squalor and need help. as neal karlinsky reports, in addition to housecleaning, hoarders need therapy. >> reporter: for years, janet lansing looked around her house
and saw nothing wrong. nothing wrong with the incredible clutter that was overwhelming her family. do you consider yourself a hoarder? >> i don't. no. >> reporter: when her husband died, she admits the stress added to her desire to buy lots of things and throw away almost nothing. whether she admits it or not, janet has a problem known as hoarding. and it is a lot more complicated than you might imagine. as in so many cases, it was a loved one who called fare help. >> amy, thank you so much, i love you. >> you're welcome. >> reporter: her daughter amy was desperate. >> i felt completely helpless. and kind of like i was watching a train wreck in slow motion. every time i came home. >> reporter: she isn't alone. >> this is my bedroom. >> wow. you can hardly walk in here. >> that's right. >> you realize that's a little bit of a problem, right? >> well, that's not as much of a problem as not being able to find stuff i'm looking for.
>> reporter: 82-year-old lloyd drumm has a problem too. but he's no pack rat, and this isn't a question of simple tiediness. when was the last time you cleaned up this room? >> well, let's see. about a month ago i cleaned up the area over here so i could find something that i was looking for. >> reporter: there are stacks of videotapes, even cardboard toilet paper rolls and old television sets. why is it they have a hard time parting with things? can you explain that to someone looking in who might say, boy, you've got a lot of junk, you should probably just throw some of it away. >> i've always enjoyed something in quantity. when i have something in quantity i feel wealthy. >> reporter: the a&e show "hoarders" which goes inside the cluttered world of people who can't seem to throw anything away is a breakout hit and the network's number one rated program. >> i'm going to climb in. >> reporter: dorothy helped with the show's pilot.
>> careful. don't worry about me. >> reporter: she's a professional organizer who spends each and every day working with people trying to overcome what is, in many cases, a debilitating problem. janet lamping insists it's not a mental disorder, and after cleaning her house from an overwhelming mess, to a mostly clutter-free home with dorothy's help, she says the problem is manageable. her house still has rooms that aren't normal. but she says she's working on it and has the problem under control. her daughter doesn't share her mom's optimism that all the work done cleaning up her house has solved the problem buried underneath. >> i don't think you can just jump right out of something like this. this has taken years and years to get -- to get to where it was. and it's going to take years to get out of it, i think. >> i'm really proud of you. >> well, thank you. >> i'm really proud of you. >> it's important to me that you're proud of me. >> reporter: lloyd too is
working on his problem with tore though's tireless help. the once tidy mit student as a young man understands his problem better than most. i'm going to ask you a question. don't take offense to this, please. >> sure, i don't take offense easily, go ahead. >> there are those who believe this type of hoarding is a mental illness. >> yeah. >> do you think that's the case? >> well, i think there's probably a mental component to it. but i don't think it's that severe in my case. maybe it indicates that i'm lonely and want something around me to keep me company. >> do you think that's what it is? >> well, i think that's part of it. >> reporter: for lloyd, all this clutter is no bother at all. like so many others in his shoes, a look around the house doesn't find garbage. but some of life's most important and treasured possessions. i'm neal karlinsky in los angeles. >> it's just such a fascinating world. >> it is. >> to get a glimpse into. they're saying the majority,
there's no real statistics but the majority of hoarders tend to be women. >> reminds me of the documentary drew barrymore made the movie on hbo last year. i hadn't thought about what the guy at the end said, maybe i'm lonely, maybe this stuff keeps me company. >> it broke my heart to hear him say that. >> it makes sense, certainly does. when we come back, the hit movies that are making some people sick. >> including the smash 3d hit "avatar." how filmmakers are addressing the problem coming up next.
before the stars start showing up sunday afternoon. >> of course, and director james cameron will be there because he's nominated for his 3d hit movie "avatar." >> but "avatar" and other 3d action films can make some people sick. kind of like looking at that. filmmakers are going to work to stop the problem. rob hayes reports from los angeles. >> reporter: when this movie hits movie screens later this month, it will also hit moviegoers right in the eyes. it's the latest 3d movie from dreamworks animation. they spent more than two years making it and an extra $15 million to make it stereoscopically. >> go to the next one and push it back. >> reporter: which is just a fancy way of saying 3d. just ask phil mcnally. he's dream works' -- >> the global stereoscopic supervisor. >> reporter: mcnally and his crew of 80-some technicians have their hands full. every new dreamworks animation film is now being released in
3d. with the 3d mega-hit "avatar" setting box office records, what was once a hollywood gimmick is now gaining respect. >> for me it's just another way of experiencing the story to a greater level than we could before. and gimmick or not, it's fantastic. >> reporter: of course, it's hard to demonstrate just how fantastic 3d is when your television is 2d. stuff like this probably isn't making you duck right now. in the theater when you throw on these really cool polarized glasses, the new digital 3d effects are so brain-twisting that if they're done wrong, moviegoers could be reaching for these. barf bags. >> so far there's been no problem at that level. >> reporter: maybe not at dreamworks features. but there have been many reports of moviegoers getting nauseous while watching "avatar." which could explain why it's now the highest "grossing" film of
all-time. >> it's important for to us smooth out the bumps between the close-up and the wide shot. otherwise in the theater your eyes are snapping forward, snapping back. that's really tiring. >> reporter: especially when you have to dodge fiery explosions. flying battle-axes. and these. >> we have -- dragons. >> reporter: standing guard over your stomach and crane upis -- >> captain 3d. >> reporter: a man whose future is so bright, he has to wear shades. >> get your barf bags ready as if you didn't already have them ready from watching this show. get your 3d glasses now. we're going 3d on you right now. i'm sorry if you don't have these cool glasses at home. you're really missing out. the few that do have them, wow, what a treat this is. >> do i look 3d? or just really cool? >> none of the above, how about that. these are cooler glasses now. they're like ray-bans. >> i know. walk out of the theater with
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pentagon shooting. a gunman opens fire outside the nation's defense headquarters. what we know about the suspect and the victims. plus, some troubles continue for toyota. customers say the repairs to fix the acceleration problem aren't working. >> the recalls don't really get to the root cause. raucous rallies. thousands of protesters take to the streets denouncing tuition hikes and education funding cuts. it's friday, march 5th. >> from abc news, this is "world news now." >> good morning and thanks for being with us on this friday morning. i'm vinita nair. >> i'm jeremy hubbard. we are following a developing story this friday morning from the pentagon after a gunman opened fire at an entrance to the massive complex.
>> military police returned fire and hit the suspect, who died later at a washington-area hospital. t.j. winick is in washington with the latest. >> reporter: good morning, jeremy and vinita. late into thursday night authorities were investigating whether a second suspect was involved in the shooting. right now, the motivation for the incident is still unclear. the rush hour assault came out of nowhere. >> about 6:40, a person came toward the pentagon prescreen area, appeared to be pretty calm. he walked up, very cool, like he had -- there was no distress. he had no real emotion in his face. when he reached in his pocket they assumed he was going to get a pass, he came out with a gun. >> reporter: the gunman, 36-year-old john patrick bedell, shot two military officers guarding the busy subway entrance to the pentagon complex. officials with the pentagon force protection agency say the bullets grazed the officers. they returned fire. >> the officers acted very quickly and decisively to neutralize him as a threat. there was no -- no one else was
injured. >> reporter: the officers' injuries are not life-threatening. >> like every other professional police agency, they wear a ballistic vest. >> reporter: the pentagon police chief credits the officers from the suspect getting inside. >> this all occurred outside. we have layers of security. and it worked. he never got inside the building to hurt anyone. >> reporter: the officers and the suspect were transported by ambulance to george washington university hospital. jeremy and vinita? >> a story we'll continue to follow throughout the day here on abc. other news this morning, the president has put a march 18th deadline on passing a health care reform bill. now there is a new battle erupting among democrats over the issue of abortion. our john karl tries to sort it all out. >> federal funding for abortion -- >> no federal funding of abortion -- >> reporter: listening to the two sides you'd think they were talking about two different bills. >> there is no federally funded
abortion. >> you will find in there the federal government would directly subsidize abortions. >> reporter: so here's the bill. what we've done is we've taken out the ten pages or so that deal directly with the question of abortion. it begins on page 2,069 and sets out very specific rules on abortion coverage. pelosi is right in that the bill makes it clear there can be no federal money for abortion, except in cases of rape, incest, or to protect the life of the mother. stupak's issue is that the bill gives taxpayer subsidies to help people buy insurance policies and some of those policies can cover abortion. there's a provision that says if you choose a policy that covers abortion you have to pay $1 a month out of your own pocket to pay for the abortion coverage. the insurance company is supposed to keep that dollar separate but stupak says that line will always be blurred. stupak makes a further claim. >> when you read the legislation, $1 per month for all enrollees must go into a fund for reproductive care, which includes abortion
coverage. >> reporter: that's actually wrong. in fact, you only pay the $1 abortion fee if you choose a plan that covers abortion. to anti-abortion advocates like bart stupak, the only acceptable solution is a complete ban on abortion coverage by any insurance policy that receives any federal money at all. and to democrats, or most of them at least, that's simply not acceptable. jonathan karl, abc news, washington. the department of education has announced the finalists in its race to the top competition. 15 states and the district of columbia are vying for more than $4 billion in extra federal funding for schools. the grants will go to the states adopting the most aggressive reform measures. only a handful of states will end up as winners. they will be announced next month. the fda is cracking down on big food manufacturers, saying some of the claims on their labels are not only deliberately vague but oftentimes simply not true. linsey davis has the details. >> reporter: deception is lurking in the aisles of your
grocery store. that's according to the fda, which claims labels for 17 food manufacturers are misleading and in some cases plain false. >> we hope that this is a start of a battle that will lead to a war that will end essentially deceptive food labeling. >> reporter: the labels the fda says need to change include products from frozen fish to juice to walnuts. >> i'm sure they're doing whatever they think is going to sell the product. >> reporter: the agency took issue with labels on products like nestle's drumsticks and gordon's fish fillets that emphasize zero trans fats. you're not fooled by the label? >> no. >> do you think they're misleading sometimes? >> oh, yeah. >> reporter: violations include an array of unauthorized health claims and nutrient content claims that can't be supported. >> companies try to get around the rules by using vague terminology such as "helps support your immune system," "heart healthy." these claims really are not reviewed by the food and drug administration.
and are confusing to consumers. >> reporter: according to a 2008 u.s. health and diet report, more than half of those surveyed said they often read a label before buying a product for the first time. >> when they put big capital letters like that, i'm going to wonder what else is in there? >> reporter: the makers of juicy juice got warnings for labels claiming 100% juice. the fda said be wary of claims like "real fruit juice," anything that says it boosts immunity, or it's all-natural. the manufacturers say they fully stand by their products, but at the same time they're also complying with fda inquiries. linsey davis, abc news, new york. now to the economy and shoppers who are spending more. retail sales rose last month with their biggest increase in more than two years. that is even with all the bad weather. and the snow storms in the northeast could make this morning's jobs report hard to interpret. employees who couldn't make it to work and weren't paid will not be included on business payrolls. time for your friday
forecast. gusty winds in the northeast today with a light mix of morning rain and snow from boston to new york. snow out in colorado, utah, wyoming, montana. rain in kansas, nebraska, south dakota. showers along the northern california coast. >> 50s from sacramento to seattle. 48 in salt lake city. 70 in phoenix. fargo gets up to 35. minneapolis 43. and kansas city 53. 40s from boston to baltimore. and just 67 in miami. well, ice cutters are trying to free nearly 50 ships that are trapped in the baltic sea near sweden. >> a ferry with more than 1,000 people on board finally broke free this morning after spending hours stuck in all that ice. the large ships can normally handle icy conditions but gale-force winds are being blamed for building up unusually large ice masses against the coastline. >> even a couple of ice breakers got stuck themselves. luckily nobody was hurt and those ferry passengers re calm. i would take that over that rogue wave in the mediterranean
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toyota executives at their japanese headquarters met with thousands of employees this morning to boost morale and address the safety crisis. >> here in the u.s. the federal government is flooded with complaints from toyota owners who say the repairs designed to fix their runaway cars aren't working. abc's brian ross investigates. >> reporter: in whitesville, kentucky, carol lynn kimbrel says her 2006 avalon continues to surge unexpectedly. >> pretty scary when you're trying to stop your car and it won't stop. >> reporter: even after the dealer made the fixes so the car complied with the accelerator pedal recall. >> i went ask i asked them, i told my husband, well, i guess
the recall did not work. >> reporter: the federal auto safety agency says it has now received more than 15 similar post-recall complaints from toyota owners. from the owner of a 2009 matrix, "my son said, it's doing it again, mom. the recall fix isn't working." the owner of a 2010 camry reported a six-second surge with the brakes not working. "the fix done by toyota is not the fix." >> approaching about 30. >> reporter: others, including journalist and former abc news producer stu stogle, said the newly installed fail-safe which cuts off power when the brakes are pressed, is not working at moderate speeds. >> i've got the brake and the pedal. both are depressed. >> the accelerator's still going? >> yes. >> i think it clearly is showing that there's more evidence here that suggests the recalls don't really get to the root cause.
>> reporter: it was just this week that toyota executives proclaimed to congress the success of their recall efforts. >> good engineers have developed effective and durable solutions for the vehicles we have recalled. >> we want them to find out the reason for the problem and to resolve it. and not to assure people that the problem's being fixed by a recall that isn't working. >> reporter: toyota dealers are once again left with no answers for their unhappy customers. >> i have toyota on standby to help us with our investigation. and we definitely want to get to the bottom of it. >> reporter: toyota is fighting back, saying it checked out four of the complaints and found no basis for any problems with the recalls or the electronics of the car. toyota says it will continue to take seriously every complaint but it claims its cars are among the safest on the road. brian ross, abc news, new york. >> in addition to all those problems there are now questions about the electronic throttles in both lexuses and toyotas. questions that brian ross raised a long time ago that now could
be a reality. >> people have such allegiance to toyota. we've reported a few days ago that their sales last month were way down. but the reality is they still sold tens of thousands of cars in a month that all these recalls were revealed during. so people still bought these cars because they like that brand so much. >> heavily incentivizerogr custo.
college students rally across the country to demand an end to tuition increases. here at the university of illinois demonstrators were angry about staff layoffs there on campus. some faculty joined the rally saying cuts to the university put public education at risk. during what was called a day of action some student protests in california got out of hand as some demonstrators stopped freeway traffic. >> dozens were arrested as we see in our "american landscape" coverage this morning from san francisco's abc 7 news. >> this is abc 7 news at 6:00. >> education should be public. it should be free. right now, that's not the way it's looking. >> reporter: 20,000 layoffs. $17 billion in budget cuts.
students, teachers and parents rise up on behalf of california schools at every level. >> we begin our coverage with developing news that's fouled the evening's commute throughout the east bay. you're looking at video over interstate 880 in oakland where traffic has been brought to a standstill and a demonstrator has been seriously injured. abc 7's vic lee is on the scene for us right now. vic? >> reporter: i'm at fifth and washington just below highway 880, you can see the highway just up there, you can see a patrol car, apparently all four lanes are now moving but that one lane closest to me is still blocked by oakland police. that's where about 100, 120 people were arrested in the last half hour. they were arrested not far from here. they were arrested and taken i guess to the city jail. but again, a police source told us that they were arresting people who were either trying to get on the freeway or got onto the freeway. and this, what you're seeing is
the biggest group that was arrested, that was again about a half hour ago. but as i was saying, that group broke away from the main rally. they started to zig-zag through the streets. police followed them, trying to control traffic along the way. suddenly a splinter group charged onto the freeway. cars came to a sudden stop. traffic was blocked for miles. police chased them. protesters running. i mean, it was like mass pandemonium. the motorists got out of their vehicles, trying to see what was going on. as far as we know, there are no reported vandalism. but you never know. there's still untold people moving around the street. so this may have been a new tactic by the protesters. we just saw it today in action. that's the very latest from oakland. vic lee, abc 7 news. >> i'm actually standing on the main campus here at uc davis. that group of protesters that threatened to shut down the
freeway here led on to the campus after that activity. they went through the library behind me, also through several other buildings on campus. and at last word are headed toward an intersection in downtown davis. now all of this started peacefully. earlier today when several hundred protesters, mostly students, were demonstrating on campus, then a group broke off and headed toward interstate 80, and at least some of them tried to walk onto the westbound freeway on-ramp. that's when things got rough. police fired pepper balls, a form of pepper spray, into the crowd. and officers in riot gear used their batons to push back the crowd. at least one protest leader, a female student, was arrested for failing to follow police orders. >> they've been very forceful with us. we were telling them not to be violent, we were not using any force of any kind. people were saying, no violence, no violence. we were just standing in a line. they started using batons.
>> the officers were concerned more than 100 students were getting ready to walk onto the freeway, interstate 80 here in davis, at rush hour. they used only enough force to prevent that from happening. >> reporter: now, the scene at the freeway ended peacefully when that protest leader was released to her fellow protesters. that was an agreement made between the police and the protesters. they then left the freeway. at this point, the group numbers about 100. live at uc davis, laura anthony, abc 7 news. >> the statewide day of action called on lawmakers to stop cutting education. at washington high in san francisco, students protested layoffs, larger class sizes and cuts to programs if the education budget is slashed. the state has cut some $17 billion to education in the past two years. the governor is now proposing $2.5 billion more. >> next year i'm going to city college. i'm going to feel those cuts. >> reporter: teachers at dianne feinstein elementary walked out
this afternoon. parents and their children followed. kids here were heard. >> they tell me budget cuts mean there will be fewer days in the school year and that means i can't go to school much. don't take my school days away from me! don't let this happen! >> reporter: the california teachers association says nearly 19,000 teachers will be laid off. by law, teachers must be notified by march 15th. in san francisco in the past two years, those layoffs were rescinded thanks to the city's rainy day fund. many say it's just the beginning of their fight to save education in california. i'm live in san francisco, lyanne melendez, abc 7 news. >> this was serious business for some people. there was at least one serious injury. one protester trying to get away from police actually jumped from one of those freeway overpasses, fell into a tree, fell like 30 feet. the injury's not life-threatening but still pretty serious. >> aside from the children you saw at the end of that, the
♪ that's. >> reporter:. speaking of entertainment, finally this half hour from the governor's mansion to the vice presidential campaign, now to reality tv. >> sarah palin wants her family's everyday reality televised. and she thinks viewers will tune in. here's david muir. >> reporter: if only we were palm readers. >> the poor boy's version of the teleprompter. >> reporter: we knew sarah palin was in l.a. this week. what we didn't know is she was shopping. shopping around a reality show. in alaska it would follow her and her family, a sort of alaskan outback, and her
business partner, the ruler of reality, mark burnett. >> you're fired. >> reporter: who invented all this. creating "survivor." surviving, palin has mastered. can she master this? >> i will say that she is an a-list personality, a reality show starring her would command a-list money. >> reporter: what does a-list mean? industry insiders suggest well into six figures, perhaps up to $1 million an episode for palin. a huge difference from other reality stars. the cast of "jersey shore" now earns about $10,000 per episode. >> my abs are so ripped up it's caused a situation. >> reporter: after muscling mtv for more money, and reality programming can be very lucrative on broadcast and cable television. $950,000 for an hour of reality tv. a scripted drama, nearly double that, $1.7 million. >> the fact that a former vice presidential nominee and possible presidential contender is talking about doing a reality show about her family shows how much it's just part of our daily life. >> and i can see russia from my
house! >> reporter: she could soon see dollar signs too. because experts say what she has are what producers and reality star wannabes don't have. a built-in following. take the housewives of, well, you name the city. they once threatened to pull the show out from under producers. demanding six figures an episode. but in this industry, leverage is everything. the bosses answered, there are more housewives down the street. there is only one sarah palin. david muir, abc news, new york. >> hm. so i'm sure people would tune in, no doubt about it. you know, there are countless examples of reality tv all over television, of course "american idol." >> who's that little guy? with the amount of singing that you do on this set and in between the commercials -- >> i looked right at home there. >> you'd be a great contestant. of course that's their highest-rated tv show. >> we have a reality show for you too. >> hello! >> the real housewives of orange county. >> apparently i have caucasian legs.
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developing news. shots are fired outside the pentagon, injuring two police officers. how could this happen at one of the nation's securest facilities? childbirth deaths. why are so many moms dying during delivery, and what can be done to prevent it? and, going green. hollywood's biggest stars and the message you'll see and hear during this year's big show. >> if we don't take care of the earth, we just don't take care of ourselves. >> it's friday, march 5th. >> from abc news, this is "world news now." >> there is a big green push at the oscars this year. in fact, at one pre-oscar party they had a green carpet instead of a red carpet. things are changing, how about that. we'll take a look at that coming
up this half hour on this friday. good morning, i'm jeremy hubbard. >> i'm vinita nair. we're following a developing story from the pentagon. a gunman has been killed in a shoot-out with police at the entrance to the building. >> two military police officers were slightly wounded in the exchange. now, police have identified the gunman as 36-year-old john patrick bedell. media reports say he was from central california. >> he did not say a word. according to the officers, and i've interviewed two or three of them now, they said he walked up very cool, like he had -- there was no distress. he had no real emotion in his face. it's very typical for someone to reach for their pass to show it. when he reached in his pocket they assumed he was going to get a pass, came out with a gun. the officers acted very quickly and decisively to neutralize him as a threat. no one else was injured. as you know, at that time of night you have a lot of people coming and going so we were fortunate there was no other
injuries. >> bedell died early this morning at the hospital. there are signs that he had a grudge against the military, at least according to his internet postings. bedell also apparently had doubts about the facts behind the 9/11 attacks. the pentagon was put in lock-down for a brief time but then reopened for all except for the entrance where the shooting took place. president obama was following developments with updates from the fb president obama is hoping house lawmakers will pass a senate-approved health care reform bill before he leaves on march 18th. the main sticking point, abortion funding. although speaker nancy pelosi insists the bill is "abortion 95 neutral," republicans and even some democrats say that's not entirely true. >> under the senate bill, everyone who buys a health policy at one of the so-called exchanges will pay a monthly abortion fee. that goes into a fund to pay for elective abortions. >> there is no federally funded abortion. that is the law of the land.
it is not changed in this bill. there is no change in the access to abortion. no more or no less. >> in their effort to win over opponents from their own party, democratic leaders are walking a fine line hoping not to alienate abortion rights supporters in the house who are not happy with the latest version of health care reform. now a disturbing new report about the increasing number of american mothers who die during childbirth. the u.s. ranks behind 33 countries in maternal survival. so why is it happening and what can be done? here's our kate snow. >> reporter: these are the faces of mothers who will never know their newborn babies. >> it's unbelievable that in our country today, people can -- people still die of childbirth. like -- i had no idea that anything like that could have happened. >> reporter: jim's wife valerie is one of the growing number of american women who schedule a c-section. but afterwards jim said she was never encouraged to walk around. he noticed her legs felt hard.
>> she sat in her bed for 30 hours after her surgery and then got herself up and collapsed on the floor. >> reporter: a blood clot in her leg had moved to her brain and caused a stroke. >> i look at isabella and i just think, you're never going to know firsthand how wonderful your mother was. >> we haven't seen these rates of maternal deaths since the '70s. you don't expect childbirth outcomes to go backward. >> reporter: the causes are complex. one in five women are now obese when they get pregnant. and that means more mothers with pre-existing conditions like diabetes or asthma that can cause complications in the delivery room. and yes, the growing number of women planning c-sections is a factor. c-sections put a woman at higher risk for infection and other complications of major surgery. and if a mother has multiple c-sections, she's at greater risk for internal bleeding. there's concern the number of deaths is rising nationwide. so much that last month, the
group that accredits hospitals put out an internal alert. hospitals can risk their accreditation when women die. but no one keeps track of how many hospitals are actually taking steps to prevent deaths. >> these are all wake-up calls across the country, that we need to do things differently. >> reporter: at mt. sinai hospital in new york, they are. these $14 inflatable boots that help prevent blood clots are standard for women who have had a c-section. a lot of what they're doing at mt. sinai costs nothing. better communication, training, medical staff, all trying to make sure this is how the story ends. we should point out these deaths are not common. in california we're talking about 95 deaths out of 500,000 births in one year. some experts worry the numbers may be increasing in part because of the way statistics are kept, because of reporting requirements changing. still, the doctors that did the california study say that even if you account for that, the
numbers are spiking. kate snow, abc news, new york. the all-important february jobs report comes out today. but the snow storms that pounded much of the country could cloud the results. conservatively, some economists predict a slight increase in unemployment from january to 9.8% with employers shedding about 20,000 jobs. others say those losses could number about 50,000. but there is some hopeful news about hiring in march. in the months after previous bad weather disruptions, employment has bounced back. chile's outgoing president is predicting it could take four years and billions of dollars to rebuild after last weekend's devastating earthquake. that is especially true in some of the smaller towns where wooden houses and businesses splintered and fell apart. more than 800 people were killed. the government has only been able to identify 279 of them so far. thousands of college students have taken to the streets to protest funding cuts on campus. it got out of hand in wisconsin where protesters threw punches
and chunks of ice. and in the bay area, there were more than 100 arrests after demonstrators blocked rush hour traffic on the interstate. college officials say the recession has forced cuts because tax revenues have plunged. all right, time for a look at your weather on this friday. stormy in the rockies and plains with snow from colorado to montana. mostly rainy from kansas up into south dakota today. a windy day in the northeast. light rain and snow ends this morning in new york and new england. >> the northeast is chilly, in the 40s, turning milder over the weekend, near 70 in miami and dallas. 40s in chicago, omaha, and the twin cities. 54 in boise. 40 in billings. 50 in colorado springs. maybe you have seen this before but we're going to show it to you again because everybody is talking about it. the stunning punch thrown by one of the most talked about women's college athletes in years. >> take a look at this. baylor freshman brittney griner, she's been suspended at least two games after punching a texas
tech opponent in the face and breaking her nose. take a look at it. you'll see it one more time. the two are battling for position when griner was fouled. >> griner, who is 6'8", is known for her amazing dunks. in a written statement she apologized for letting her emotions get the best of her. i wonder, though, would we be showing this if it was a couple of guys getting into it? is it just because we love girl fights so much? >> i heard them talking about it on espn. i think one of the things that's interesting to people is she's 6'6". >> 6'8". >> sorry about that. 6'8". she's a really tall girl. i think it's also the force of that punch. knowing how hard she hit that other girl. a lot of people are saying she was a freshman so she's a lot younger.
story this half hour, the police shoot-out outside the pentagon subway station in arlington, virginia. >> the suspect is dead and the busy station will be closed today after a major scare. another inconvenience for commuters. we have "american landscape" coverage from abc 7 news in washington, d.c. >> live and in hd. this is abc 7 breaking news. >> we have a major breaking news story this evening. a shoot-out just outside the pentagon leaves two pentagon police officers shot and the suspected gunman fighting for his life. only abc 7 news was there when one of the officers and the suspect were rushed off to the hospital. it's all unfolding at the pentagon metro station. it's forced the pentagon to be on a code red lock-down this evening. we've got live team coverage for you. john gonzales is live outside of george washington university hospital. but we begin things with senai simpson who's been on the scene all evening long. senai, what have you learned? >> reporter: as you mentioned the pentagon was locked down for
some time this evening while police worked to determine if there was one shooter or potentially more. i can tell you at this hour things are reopen and police feel confident that there is no longer a threat here. in this video you'll only see on abc 7, an injured pentagon police officer is carefully loaded into an ambulance. just after 6:40 this evening he and another officer were shot just outside the pentagon metro station. chief richard keevil says the shooter approached a secured entrance the officers were manning. >> he walked up very cool like he had -- there was no distress. he had no real emotion in his face. it's very typical for someone to reach for their pass to show it. when he reached in his pocket they assumed he was going to get a pass, he came out with a gun. >> reporter: according to the chief he shot at the officers and they returned fire. >> his injury is pretty critical. he was transported to the local hospital. >> reporter: our cameras were rolling as the man ap identified as the suspected gunman,
36-year-old john patrick bedell, was loaded into an ambulance. and as the entire pentagon went into lock-down. the exterior premises were searched by heavily armed officers and dogs before the area was deemed clear of any threats. >> i am pleased on a number of levels. the officers acted very quickly and decisively to neutralize him as a threat. >> reporter: and right now it's still being determined how metro will be handled in the morning. the pentagon has scheduled a 6:00 a.m. press conference in order to provide an update. that's the latest tonight live at the pentagon, abc 7 news. >> thank you. as she mentioned we know very little about the suspect at this point. sources tell the associated press the alleged gunman has been identified as 36-year-old john bedell. right now we don't know if the gunman is actually from this area. >> just miles from here all the pentagon entrances were quickly closed after the shooting this evening and metro immediately suspended all of the stops at that station, which as you guys can imagine caused some chaos
for the commuter crowd during the rush hour. now at this hour, a large police presence still surrounds g.w. hospital here in northwest d.c. where the victim, the police officers, and the suspect are being treated. >> i don't know. >> reporter: frustration, confusion and fear at pentagon city. >> creepy as hell. >> reporter: as soon as the pentagon metro station shut down tonight, the confusion among metro riders grew. most stranded at this stop were forced to walk several blocks to find a different way and route home. >> there were no buses. they told us to walk over here. walked over here and i guess they're going to take us back. >> reporter: for a time, many commuters were uncertain how to get home and not sure exactly what was happening. tonight, patty better still doesn't know how to get her car out of one of the parking lots at the pentagon. >> i suspect it might be stuck. i'm trying to figure out the best way to get home. >> is anyone waiting on a bus? >> reporter: the transit agency quickly set up lines of buses at
surrounding stops. but for many, the travel home has taken much longer than usual. >> i'm still a bit worried. at first i thought it was nothing. it's like, if someone sneezes the wrong way in d.c. they shut everything down. but i guess it was pretty serious. serie uofic re and gurht, two wounded wersh the alleged gunman is also being treated for gunshot wounds at this hour. >> i'm pretty confused. i had no idea what's going on, i just heard that the subway was closed then i'm trying to catch the bus home. >> reporter: now we understand that the metro station at the pentagon has reopened tonight. here at the hospital the officers have been treated for what we're told are nonlife-threatng iies. the suspect, in the meantime, his injuries are much more erio live at g.w. hospital, john gonzalez, abc 7 news. >> our "american landscape" coverage from washington, d.c. m lat.as wjla's 11:00 p.m. news-
sarah palin is shopping a reality show. with the producer of "survivor," mark burnett. they put together a trailer to help sell it. >> over the years our cameras have taken you hunting for crab. for crocodiles. and for killer sharks. now, prepare for the greatest hunt of all. as sarah palin hunts levi johnston. die, johnston, die. this fall on a&e. you betcha. >> i'm guessing people would watch that one, don't you think? it is "skinny" time on this
friday. if you are a sean penn critic, he wishes you had rectal cancer. at least some of you. that's in light of some criticisms of his recent trip and his philanthropy in haiti. people have been getting on his case after he took 11 doctors and a bunch of aid down to haiti. some critics say celebrities should stay out of aid efforts. they think celebrities like him are perhaps trying to rebuild their public image. after all he went through this public divorce. they say celebrities are hypocritical. they say you complain about stuff like this, then go home to your holiday fancy homes and lavish lifestyles. he says in an interview, you know what, do i wish some of those critics would die screaming of rectal cancer? yeah. but you know, i'm not going to spend a whole lot of energy on it. >> what a specific way to wish someone to die. >> it makes you think he has actually sort of thought through the process and has a specific idea of how those who don't like him should die. >> wow.
>> he has actually done a lot, brought like $1 million, x-ray machines, ventilators, that sort of thing. you can debate all day long whether it's philanthropy or image control. but, you know. >> he certainly knows how to make a headline. doesn't he? >> sure does. >> speaking of someone who knows how to make a headline, remember this week naomi campbell's driver said she hit him in the car and we thought, of course she did. she's hit so many people before. well, now he has come out and he's saying, i apologize. he says he basically got angry and overreacted. his lawyer released a statement saying that. he says he's taking it all back, he's even issued an apology to the supermodel for the cops getting involved. naomi, in the meantime, has issued her own statement. she says, i've worked very hard on correcting my previous wrongdoings and i will not be held hostage to my past. i would like to days behind me and move on. and in case you have been under a rock and you don't know what i'm referencing,
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screen will be promoting an environmentally friendly lifestyle. here's mark mullen. >> reporter: at a pre-oscar party, celebrities walked a green carpet instead of red. the message -- >> if we don't take care of the earth, we just don't take care of ourselves. >> reporter: celebrities wanted to use the publicity surrounding the oscars to also put a spotlight on conservation. >> we consume and consume and consume. we don't really think about the consequences of our actions. >> reporter: at this event, organizers displayed electric vehicles celebrities will take to the oscars. eco-friendly hair products they'll use getting ready. and this much talked about dress made from cruelty-free silk to be worn oscar night by suzy amis, wife of "avatar" director james cameron. >> the idea of creating a dress contest that created oscar-worthy gowns using sustainable fabrics popped into all of our heads. >> reporter: a dress contest won by michigan state university senior jillian grands. >> i'm so excited. my parents are so proud, they can't stop telling everybody about it. >> reporter: james cameron will be wearing a tuxedo. but the "avatar" director, whose
oscar-nominated movie has environmental themes, told us his family tries to go green daily. even milking a family goat to make cheese. >> we generate our own power. we have solar panels and we've added wind. >> reporter: does all this sound like tinsel town talk? despite the trappings of hollywood, many of these celebrities hope the message of going green will resonate across the u.s. >> i don't know why it's such a tough sell. it's so easy. >> reporter: and celebrities say, socially responsible. which is why the fashion scene on the red carpet sunday will include eco-friendly evening wear. like the kind favored by colin firth's wife olivia. at an earlier awards show, she wore a gown made of fiber from milk. mark mullen for abc news, hollywood. >> yes, from milk. >> oh. >> hard to believe. i've been known to make my own wind at home. it's not environmentally conscious. >> not just at home, it happens here. we should say abc's oscar night coverage begins at 7:00 eastern sunday.